Seasoned photographer MICHAEL BUCK is a frequent contributor to various Gemini Publications, along with well-known corporate clients including Amway and J.W. Marriott. He opened M-Buck Studio in 1996 and does a variety of print, catalog, food, fashion, landscape, portraiture, wedding, real estate and industrial photography.


Based in Grand Rapids and Leelanau County, new BLUE columnists CHRISTINE BYRON and TOM WILSON are fascinated by the history of Michigan tourism and roadside architecture. Their four pictorial “Vintage Views” books have received three Michigan Notable Book awards as well as a State History Award ( 

JERRY DENNIS is a renowned Michigan author and BLUE’s Reflections columnist. He lives near Traverse City, where he gets away with calling his fishing, hunting, canoeing, birding and beach walking “research.”

LYNNE GOLODNER The author of eight books, Lynne writes about how people find meaning. In 2016, she founded One Earth Writing, a nonprofit that brings teens from different backgrounds together in writing workshops to explore their commonalities. Find her at


BOB GWIZDZ is a Michigan native and career outdoor writer. He served as outdoor editor for Booth Newspapers and now works for the Department of Natural Resources. His work has been featured in many of America’s top hunting and fishing magazines and websites.

ANDREW JOWETT is an outdoor and adventure photographer who lives along the Lake Huron shoreline.

MICHAEL LINDLEY is a novelist and freelance writer who enjoys sailing and other outdoor pursuits.

JEANINE MATLOW is a Detroit-based freelance writer and regular contributor to national and regional publications, Matlow’s weekly Homestyle column appears in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

MARLA R. MILLER is a professional writer and award-winning journalist, Marla lives in Norton Shores. She enjoys the lakeshore lifestyle — camping, hiking, boating and Lake Michigan sunsets. She contributes to a variety of publications. Learn more at


Regular BLUE Lake Stories illustrator GARY W. ODMARK also created original art for this Winter Issue’s cover. Renowned for his realistic portrayals of the Great Lakes, the prolific Holland-based artist’s fine quality limited edition prints and originals in oils, watercolors and acrylics can be viewed at

AARON PETERSON A photographer and filmmaker based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Aaron has helped define the region as an active-travel destination. In 2016, he helped launch the Fresh Coast Film Festival, a celebration of the landscape and outdoor culture. Find him at


From his Grand Haven home base, prolific photographer JOHNNY QUIRIN is a frequent contributor to West Michigan publications, the Pure Michigan campaign, Midwest Living and Spectrum Health, among others. He keeps equally busy as owner of a full-service school and youth sports portrait company.

KIM SCHNEIDER has explored nearly every corner of Michigan as a travel writer and photographer in her continual search of adventure, wildlife, great food and great light. A long-time journalist and former magazine writing instructo,  Kim works as a freelance writer and editor from a home base in Michigan's Leelanau County

As the president of Promote Michigan, DIANNA STAMPFLER merges years of print and broadcast media experience with a passion for marketing her home state. She’s been published in every issue of Michigan Blue over the past 10 years. Additional editorial credits include Pure Michigan Travel Ideas. She resides in Petoskey and is finally living her dream of living “Up North.”

PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI is an award-winning former Detroit Free Press reporter whose work included Michigan’s lakes and boating. She’s a lover of all things water.


GLENN WOLFF is a Northern Michigan artist and regular BLUE Reflections contributor Wolff illustrated for the New York Times for 30 years and has collaborated on several books with Michigan author Jerry Dennis.

JENNIFER WATERS lives in Jenison and specializes in pet photography. She loves a good dog day.

JULIE WILLIAMS is a devotee of nature, history and literature. A freelance writer now working on her first novel, she also finds time for beachcombing.